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Sam's Song


Published 1969


The original 1969 version of the film that was re-edited with new scenes in 1979 as "The Swap" and released again in 1989 as "Line of Fire".


Run time 88 minutes 56 seconds
Producer Jordon Leondopoulos
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information <a href=http://www.archive.org/details/TheVideoCellarCollection>The Video Cellar Collection</a>

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Reviewer: nickynickname - - December 27, 2016
Subject: 70s movies were really like this!
I could only 'watch' this by leaping forward 5 minutes for every 30 seconds of actual viewing. You don't miss much & you only waste about 12 minutes of your busy day. I actually liked the long shots in the garden at the start of the film but once Sam & Carole hit the beach this movie ground to a halt. Still, I loved the utterly absurd dialog. Gosh, these folks were intellectual! In the 12 minutes I saw, they said lots of profound stuff! Still, the movie reminded me of simpler, nuttier, drugged-out times. It also reminded me of how careful I had to be when wearing miniskirts--what an art.
It is difficult to 'recommend' this movie to others since it is pretty god-awful. However, it IS an encouraging movie: De Niro's acting was dreadful in '69 yet, with practice, he managed to be riveting in 'Taxi Driver' not long after. If I keep practicing my painting, perhaps I, too, can become reasonably 'good.' The same goes for all of us whatever our creative outlet may be.

Reviewer: kerriganm - favoritefavorite - April 3, 2016
Subject: 70's sex/love/relationship weirdness. Meh.
Awkward, dorky and uncomfortable like only a 70's film can be. The theme is complications with love and sex in the free-wheeling 70's. All id and no introspection. Many things are hinted at, but go nowhere. No one really seems connected to anyone else. Robert de Niro (who I didn't recognize) plays Sam, who has all the seductive charm of your average acne-ridden 13 year old boy. But scores anyway! Ah, the 70's.

Somewhat shocking ending, but I found it hard to care much. None of the characters is particularly compelling.

Oh, and about the blonde being in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!: I can see where you might make that mistake. Their eyes are very similar, and both have strong chins. But one look at this actress'- ahem- shirt front, and you would quickly realize that she couldn't possibly meet director Russ Meyer's exacting requirements.
Reviewer: nighthouse66 - favoritefavorite - January 3, 2011
Subject: WHOAH!!!!!!!
Apparently no one has noticed yet that the blonde in this film is the SAME blond in the "greatest movie ever made" (according to John Waters and me) "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill!" Yup, no kidding.
Reviewer: Ann Smithy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2010
Subject: Quite Calm Movie
I find this movie interesting. It is slow paced with interactions of several different people in a 1970's social set of upper class people. The scenery is very colorful(or I'm just used to watching the older black and white films.) Suddenly there is a swap in the relationship that played out for most of the film, then its never going back. Its a captivating movie but rather low keyed. Try it.
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